Paws for the holidays: 20 gift ideas for your pets

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Now that we’ve gotten through one of the strangest Thanksgiving holidays ever, you might be starting to think about your holiday wish list.

When it comes to gifts at the holidays, I’ve always enjoyed giving gifts more than getting them. I don’t particularly like shopping for them because I don’t have a lot of patience for big crowds, long lines, and other oddly aggressive shoppers, but I do love giving them.

Being the crazy animal nut that I am, my pets always make out like bandits at Christmas time too. Sure, they don’t really get into unwrapping presents – but I do like wrapping them anyway because it’s nice to see the giant pile under the tree.

When it comes to gifts for my pets, I’m a very practical gift giver. I always opt for gifts that are things they actually need to be healthy and happy.

Tis the season, so dear readers, here are my Top 20 gift ideas for your pets:

1. A pet hair remover for anyone who’s tired of getting fur all over their clothes. They are just like lint rollers you get for your clothes, but pet hair rollers are usually a big larger and cover a wider area. Roll it over your couch, bed, favorite blanket, you name it, and watch it lift the fur away. See, we can own nice things!!

2. A pack of stain-removing pads to tackle the inevitable messes that come with owning a pet. Pee? Check! Poop? Check! Vomit? Check! (You can even use them to clean up your wine spills, not that I would know anything about that personally. Ahem.)

3. An immunity-boosting allergy supplement so dogs with skin sensitivities can just exist without scratching themselves until they bleed. These soft chews deliver a dose of probiotics and other nutrients to help improve immune function, aide digestion, promote healthy skin, and add shine to a dog’s coat.

4. A joint support chew with glucosamine, an anti-inflammatory ingredient that’ll lubricate your pup’s joints so they can get the wiggles out without pain. These are especially helpful for very active dogs as well as working breeds and senior pooches.

5. An anti-fungal antibacterial spray made with cooling aloe to treat a range of skin conditions, including allergies, cuts, hot spots, infections, rashes, and scrapes. I use a lot of this stuff on Ollie these days. In his old age, his skin allergies pop up quite a bit throughout the year.

6. An antibacterial toothpaste that’s safe to swallow, because preventing plaque buildup can keep your dog’s breath smelling fresh. The vanilla mint scent won’t make you want to barf like meat-flavored animal toothpastes, and your fur baby will love the taste.

7. A bag of oral hygiene chews to loosen built-up plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth. Think of it as a treat to them and yourself — and it will cut down on expensive cleanings at your vet’s office.

8. A liquid tartar remover for dogs who desperately need their teeth cleaned but who also won’t let you near them with a toothbrush. (Think of it as doggy mouthwash!) Just add this to their water and you’ll notice your dog’s plaque and bad breath subside. #genius

9. An ear treatment to clean your poor pet’s ears of buildup and prevent inflammation and irritation. These ear drops are designed to protect against a variety of fungal and bacterial infections, like yeast and staph infections. I should own stock in the stuff given how much I use to keep my dogs ears looking and smelling great.

10. A nail grinder for trimming your pup’s claws so you can cuddle without getting scratches all over your legs and arms. It’s super quiet and smooth, which is ideal for dogs who get spooked by regular nail clippers.

11. A pack of paw protection cream you’ll use year round to guard against scorching hot sidewalks. It’s made with vitamin E to keep the paw pads moisturized.

12. And a snout soother so you can ensure their snoot is always soft, moisturized, and oh-so boopable. No more crusty snout!

13. A pet brush that’ll do the hard work of detangling your pet’s matted fur while also removing dead hair to reduce shedding and keep your vacuumed floors fur-free. I recommend a stainless steel blade thats packed with tiny teeth that are long enough to grasp loose hairs in your dog’s or cat’s undercoat.

14. An eye rinse for clearing away debris that could be irritating your dog’s eyes. Plus, it’ll help get rid of tear stains — aka those annoying reddish streaks some dogs have around their eyes.

15. A mini comb to gently detangle the fur around their eyes that’s been crusted with eye boogers. Again, I recommend the stainless steel brush version that delicately picks out the goop so you don’t have to touch it yourself.

16. A cleansing wrinkle cream that’ll wash away tear stains and prevent moisture from building up in skin folds. This is especially useful for squishy-faced breeds — like Frenchies, bulldogs, and pugs — but long-haired breeds can also benefit too.

17. A flea and tick shampoo that’ll decimate the flea and tick population in your pet’s fur. It’s gentle enough for pups with sensitive skin, plus it’ll leave your fur boy smelling delightful and fresh.

18. A medicated dog shampoo for managing dandruff, mange, and fungal/bacterial infections. It’s designed to treat inflamed, itchy skin and is paraben-, dye-, and soap-free.

19. A wood polish so you can hide the scratch marks from your dog’s overgrown nails along the bottom of your doors and on your wood floor.

20. An electric pet shaver so trimming your pet’s fur is a breeze. Most sets come with multiple guard combs in different lengths so you don’t accidentally nick the skin, as well as a set of clippers.

Oh, and did I mention that most of these items can be found at our Shelter Shop? Stop in any time and stock up on your pet stocking stuffers, and rest assured that ever dollar you spend here goes back into caring for the more than 11,000 homeless animals that come into our shelter every year.

Giving feels good, doesn’t it?